One night they came... The darkness grew colder, deeper, darker, and swallowed up everything... Marwan is a young boy on a journey he never intended to take, bound for a place he doesn’t know. On his journey, he relies on courage and memories of his faraway homeland to buoy him. With him are hundreds and thousands of other human beings, crossing the deserts and the seas, fleeing war and hunger in search of safety. He must take one step after another—bringing whatever he can carry, holding on to dreams. This is the journey of one boy who longs for a home, and we follow his path, walking hand in hand with him as he looks forward with uncertainty and hopes for a peaceful future. This beautiful, heartfelt story gives a human face to the plight of refugees all over the world. Marwan’s journey is everyone’s journey.
Culture/Ethnicity; Immigrants and refugees; immigrant children; migrants; migration; relocation; resettlement; emigration; asylum; evacuees; refugee child
Asian (Middle Eastern)
Cybils Awards, 2018, Nominee, Fiction Picture Book
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2018
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2019 Kindergarten to 2nd grade
journey; war; leaving home country; desert village; difficult travel; border; new country
de Arias, Patricia, "Marwan's Journey" (2018). Diverse Families. 1762.